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January 07, 2016

A Thrifty Jewelry Organizer for the New Year!

Quick poll: How many of you plan to make Organization a new year’s resolution?

I always plan on doing just that- whether I’m simplifying, tidying, or just putting my home in order- but before I know it, half the year is gone and I’ve made minimal strides. Here’s hoping 2016 proves to be different- and maybe this little upcycling project will help me get on the right track from the start! One thing I almost always find while shopping at Goodwill are wooden silverware/flatware trays. So when I spotted this one, I tossed it in my cart. 1_vintage_silverware_organizer_tray_at_thrift_store_Sadie_Seasongoods I decided that one of my first organization tasks would be to get my jewelry neatly displayed, and this tray would be perfect for that. In typical Sadie fashion, I gave it a couple of coats of paint- I choose a soothing jade green, which I already had on hand. 2_painted_vintage_silverware_organizer_tray_Made_in_Romania_from_thrift_store_Sadie_Seasongoods To add a little panache to my soon-to-be jewelry display, I stenciled on some sunbursts with shimmery gold paint- I just love that color combo! 3_stenciled_painted_vintage_silverware_organizer_tray_Made_in_Romania_Sadie_Seasongoods In order to hang necklaces- both short and long chains- I screwed in some gold cup hooks, which you can find at any hardware or home improvement store. I opted to insert them into the inside top and sides because the wood was thicker/sturdier than the interior dividers. 4_cup_hooks_for_vintage_silverware_organizer_tray_upcycled_into_jewelry_holder_DIY_Sadie_Seasongoods Last but not least, I needed to add a hanging mechanism! Because I had one in my garage, I used a D-ring hanger. But other hardware- such as a sawtooth hanger or hanging wire- would be just fine, too. 5_vintage_silverware_organizer_tray_upcycled_into_jewelry_holder_DIY_Sadie_Seasongoods And the big reveal- ready to hang and fill with some of my prettiest baubles! 6_vintage_silverware_organizer_tray_upcycled_into_jewelry_holder_DIY_Sadie_Seasongoods I loved that this particular tray had little cut-out handles, which I used to hang some of my clasp bracelets from. And I was able to set boxes, earrings, and brooches on the little shelves- no wasted space! 7_vintage_silverware_organizer_tray_upcycled_into_jewelry_holder_DIY_Sadie_Seasongoods Now I can’t wait to find more trays to create a jewelry-themed gallery wall- I’m thinking coral paint on the next one… Happy New Year and Craft on! Sadie


  1. This is SUCH a cool idea! I could see hanging a wall of these salon-style. 🙂 Because beautiful baubles shouldn’t be hidden away!

    • I agree!! I would love to find a few more trays and paint them in coral…and white. Gee, guess I need to hit up Goodwill again- DARN!! 😉

  2. So pretty! Well done!

  3. I picked up a wooden medicine cabinet at a rummage sale and hung it in my bedroom for my jewelry. I put hooks in it for necklaces, it has a little shelf for boxes of earrings, and a “towel” rack underneath that I hang bracelets on. Because it has a front, nothing gets dusty, and I can check out my look in the mirror! 🙂

    • Very cool!! One of my closest friends has one of those in her bedroom for her jewelry, too!

  4. Great idea! You could get even more mileage out of this by adding hooks to the outside sides of it.

  5. I love this! The color is fantastic!

    • Thank you, Liesl!!

  6. Um, I love this. Also a great way for someone to display jeweler they’re selling!